Professor Hendrik Wolff

Professor Hendrik Wolff

Professor of Environmental Economics

Department of Geography and Environment

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Key Expertise
Environmental Economics, Transportation, Energy, Air Pollution

About me

Hendrik Wolff is Professor of Environmental Economics in the Department of Geography and Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Hendrik's main research is in environmental economics, working at the intersection of transportation, energy and air pollution. This includes the economic causes and consequences of air pollution; the impact of energy conservation policies on electricity consumption; cost benefit analysis of the clean air policies and its effects on health; the interactions between climate, local prices, wages and “quality of life; work on the ”value of time;” and he is known for his work on the economics of Daylight Saving Time. He also developed new econometric estimators for large supply and demand systems that are used in agriculture and energy today. He has conducted research projects in Ecuador, Germany, Mexico, Australia, Bangladesh, Ghana, England, Chile and the United States.

Hendrik is co-editor of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management and on the editorial council of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE) and he published extensively in major refereed journals. Hendrik has long-term experience in externally funded international research projects, in consultancy projects for various international organizations (e.g. EU Commission, World Bank, United Nations) and government agencies (e.g. EPA, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation).

Hendrik’s work has impact on both academia and policy. He won the 2009 Ralph C d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication, which is awarded annually for the Best Paper in Environmental and Resource Economics. His research has led to important policy changes by the United Nations and the World Bank on the measurement of indices (the Human Development Index (HDI) and the Ease of Doing Business Index). His work is discussed on television (e.g., ABC News) and international media (e.g., The Economist, The Wall Street Journal). 

Selected Recent Publications

Hayes, Tanya, Felipe Murtinho, Hendrik Wolff, María Fernanda López-Sandoval, and Joel Salazar (2021). "Effectiveness of payment for ecosystem services after loss and uncertainty of compensation", Nature Sustainability, November, pp.1-8. Read paper

Muxin Zhai and Hendrik Wolff (2021): Air Pollution and Urban Road Transport: Evidence from the World’s Largest Low Emission Zone in London. Environmental Economics and Policy Studies. March 2021, pp. 1-28. Read paper.

Johnsen, R., J. LaRiviere and H. Wolff (2019): “Fracking, Coal and Air Quality”, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. September Issue, Vol.6(5), pp. 1001-1037. Read paper.

Hayes, T., F. Murtinho and H. Wolff (2017): “The Impact of Payments for Environmental Services on Communal Lands: An analysis of the factors driving household land-use behavior in Ecuador”, World Development, Vol. 93(5), pp. 427-446. Read paper

Wolff, H. (2016): “Imposing and Testing for Shape Restrictions in Flexible Parametric Models”, Econometric Reviews. Vol. 35(6), pp. 1013-1039. Read paper


Economic Policy Advisor to Chinese Government: Member of CCICED 2017, the high level advisory board of the Chinese Government on Environmental and Energy Policy (other members are Ministers of the Environment, CEOs of multinational companies)

Appointed by the President of the World Bank. Dr. Jim Kim, to serve as a member of the Independent Panel (to evaluate the Doing Business Project by World Bank), 2012-2013

Member of the Committee of Reviewers for the National Research Council to review the U.S. Government Concept and Measurement of “Sustainability”, 2012

2009 Ralph C d’Arge and Allen V. Kneese Award for Outstanding Publication in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Fleishhacker Foundation and UC Berkeley Financial Award, 2004-2005

Scholarships: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2002-2003

Most Original Masters Thesis of the year 1999, Göttingen University, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, 1999

View Hendrik's CV.

Expertise Details

Environmental Economics; Transportation; Energy Coonservation; Air Pollution